Worldwide, nothing kills more people than cardiovascular disease, which causes approximately one-third of all deaths. The statistics below tell part of that story.
Smoking Vs. Living
The years of life people gain when they stop smoking vary by age group, but the benefit is substantial when compared with those who continue smoking.
The Financial Toll
The economic consequences of cardiovascular disease (CVD) are likely to hit certain age demographics particularly hard. By 2035, direct and indirect costs of CVD are projected to remain fairly stable among Americans ages 18 to 44, increase somewhat for 45- to 64-year-olds and rise sharply among those 65 or older.
Blood Pressure Blues
More than 116 million adults in the U.S. — roughly 46% of the adult population — have hypertension.
Education and lifestyle modification could stave off as many as 4 out of 5 heart disease and stroke events.
Sources: World Health Organization, Circulation, American Heart Association